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Join President Dan Austin and wife Carol on an exotic trip through the loveliness and grandeur that is Sri Lanka. Visit the sacred Bo Tree, the oldest tree in the world, guarded by monks day and night or venture into the Ritigala Cave Complex filled with ancient mystery. Trek through tea plantations and alongside winding, crystal clear streams, majestic waterfalls, and lush forests. Immerse yourself in the habitats of crocodiles, deer, and elephants with a boat safari on Gal Oya Lake and spot peacocks, black bears, and leopards as you walk through the secluded archeological site of Maligavila Vihara. Depart from the beaten path, taking time to sample tea with a gentleman who pours a magical cup, enjoying a chat with a passionate local amateur historian, or buying some samosas from a smiling lad on a bicycle cart. Treat your taste buds to a variety of curries and chase it down with arrack, a drink that is ingrained in Sri Lankan history. With companions Dan and Carol you’ll feel right at home on this once in a lifetime adventure.
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Immerse yourself in Sri Lanka, traveling through this historic and ancient land. Explore the intimate archaeological sites of Anuradhapura and Maligavila Vihara, spy exotic wildlife in Yala National Park, and venture through a rich culture in a land "of loveliness and grandeur unsurpassed, if it be rivaled, by any land in the universe."
Colombo, Sri Lanka (CMB)
Arrive in Colombo and check into The Ulagalla Resort. Unwind and spend the afternoon by the pool or with a cup of Ceylon Tea and a good book. Rest up with a good night's sleep to prepare for the adventure that awaits you tomorrow.
AboutÂ The Katharina and Ombak Putih
Once the ancestral estate of local Anuradhapura nobility, this hotel in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka features a 150-year-old mansion at its centre, with 20 private ecologically-built villas spread across 58 acres of lush greenery. As one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, with its own solar farm generating half of its own energy requirements, Ulagalla is truly a unique boutique hotel.
Enjoy the riches of the kingdom or a nature based adventure while immersed in luxurious, ecologically-sustainable beauty. Visit Ulagalla Resort to sample the best of Sri Lankan hospitality and to experience unparalleled luxury from one of the best Anuradhapura hotels.
Enjoy a breakfast of string hoppers, little dough circles, with a side of a coconut chilly garnish called pol sambol. Today we tour the city of Anuradhapura, the ancient home of Sinhalese Kings.
Return to The Ulagalla Resort and spend some time on your own with a horseback lesson and dinner.
After another scrumptious breakfast at The Ulagalla Resort, we'll head off to explore the Ritigala Cave Complex.
Today we'll leave the Cultural triangle and head to Madulkelle. Along the way we'll take in Panoramic views of misty mountains, stunning valleys, ancient rock formations, lush forests, crystal clear streams, beautiful animal and plant life, paddy fields, and traditional villages.
About Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodges
Imagine waking up to the sounds of birds chirping outside your room, you then open your front door to one of the most spectacular views imaginable majestic mountains, lush green valleys and tea plantations, crystal clear streams and even the occasional deer or giant squirrel. Take a deep breath of the fresh air and pinch yourself, no, you're not dreaming.
This is Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge, the first of its kind in Sri Lanka offering a revolutionary and contemporary concept to the traditional warmth and hospitality that Sri Lanka is famous for.
Nestled on a picturesque tea plantation, on the Knuckles Mountain Range 1000 meters above sea level, Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge will treat travelers to magnificent views, top class facilities, friendly and courteous service and plenty of things to see and do.
In the morning enjoy a nice walk through the lush green tea plantations to sweeping vistas the Knuckles Range is an absolute paradise for trekkers and hikers. Trek through quaint little trails winding across crystal clear streams, gorgeous waterfalls, and dense forests and even terraced paddy fields, while you enjoy the coolness and fresh air of the Sri Lankan countryside.
After breakfast, we'll begin our drive to Gal Oya. The drive is long, but you'll want the rest after the previous day's hikes. Once we get to Gal Oya, take in the unexplored treasure of Sri Lanka. Get comfortable in your rustic lodging, meet the excellent team of local guides, and eat some of the best food you can find in the country.
About Gal Oya Lodge
Discover Sri Lanka's forgotten National Park, Gal Oya. With the country's largest lake, the wildlife is best seen from a boat safari, especially the swimming elephants.
Gal Oya Lodge specialises in high-end, environmentally responsible tourism.
The nine-room wildlife lodge is constructed from natural materials that have all been locally sourced. Spread across 20 acres of private forest, it's the ideal place to get back to nature.
Today we'll take a boat safari on Gal Oya Lake, the biggest in Sri Lanka.
We'll make our way to Yala, with a few memorable stops along the way.
We'll stop for the night at our tented safari campground.
About Kulu Safari
Kulu Safaris' paradigm is to seamlessly blend the adventure of a Sri Lankan safari with exceptionally comfortable accommodation, while minimizing our ecological footprint, to offer you the definitive wildlife experience.
Our tailor-made, mobile safaris feature customized tents that are finessed with thoughtful touches; we also run our own, modified, safari jeeps. Our guides are professional, trained naturalists who have spent years learning the nuances of our jungles. Our staff are driven by an energy to surpass every single guest's expectations. In effect, we offer our guests the best game viewing experience on the island.
Let the experts at Kulu Safari show you around for the day. This group knows all the secrets of Yala National Park. Skip the crowds and take the Kataragama entrance. We'll be able to explore more remote areas of the park where there are hardly any visitors other than leopards, elephants, buffalo, bears, and jackals.
We'll leave Yala National Park behind and head to the heritage site of Galle.
We'll rest up for the night at The Fort Bazaar.
About The Fort Bazaar
Escape the hot streets of Galle Fort at our 18 bedroom renovated town house hotel, beautifully built around a traditional Galle Fort private courtyard boasting the acclaimed Church Street Social restaurant and Bar, private cinema, library and Z spa. Located in the heart of Galle Fort, the Fort Bazaar is perfect for guests that are looking to soak up the Fort's legendary atmosphere, a spot of gem shopping or walking the walls of the Forts 300 year old walls. Once occupied by spice, tea and gem traders, the Fort Bazaar has undergone an incredible 9 year renovation and is now Galle Fort's newest and certainly hippest boutique hotel, restaurant and bar.
Grab the breakfast to go, because we're heading out early this morning. A short drive to Mirissa will lead us to a morning of whale watching.
As our trip enters its last legs, we'll venture back to Colombo and spend a day following the the cues of the Sri Lankans.
About the Galle Face Hotel
Sri Lanka's iconic landmark, the Galle Face Hotel, is situated in the heart of Colombo, along the seafront and facing the famous Galle Face Green. One of the oldest hotels east of the Suez, the Galle Face Hotel embraces its rich history and legendary traditions, utilizing them to create engaging, immersive experiences that resonate with old and new generations of travelers alike. No visit to Sri Lanka is complete without staying at this majestic hotel, built in 1864 and recently restored back to its former glory.
It's time to leave the isle of Serendipity! Check out of the hotel and make your way to the airport, maybe stopping for your last tambili on your way.
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